A police force in China has attracted online mockery, after releasing a series of recruitment posters reminiscent of publicity materials for action movies. The Fuyan police, in China's Xinjiang region, released the images earlier this week.

The posters show armed officers in tactical gear, set against backdrops including snow-covered mountains, futuristic tunnels, and cloudy skies, that appear to be computer generated. Movie-style slogans, such as, “Wherever there is danger – we are there,” and “We are always ready to guarantee security and peace,” are emblazoned on the images.

Xinjiang police recruitment poster A recruitment poster created by China's Fuyan police, which attracted online derision for its similarity to an action movie poster. Photo: Weibo / Fuyan Police

Despite the somewhat unrealistic appearance of the scenes depicted, an official writing on the Weibo social networking page of the province's Ministry of Public Security said: “This isn't for show, this isn't staged, this is the real scene from their training."

Some Chinese, commenting on social media, appeared to be less than convinced however. “I am full of respect for the police, but this isn’t staged?!” one Weibo user wrote. “This isn’t for show. ... are you insulting my intelligence?” another said, according to EJInsight.

Fuyan police recruitment poster A recruitment poster created by China's Fuyan police, which attracted online derision for its similarity to an action movie poster. Photo: Weibo / Fuyan Police

The Fuyan police are not the first Chinese force to publish recruitment ads in this style. Last year, police in Chengdu, China, published posters showing officers posing with a crossbow and performing a martial arts high kick.

Other Chinese police forces, however, have adopted a more sedate approach, as this poster from the city of Yangshuo shows – the force's slogan is, “Yangshuo landscape is beautiful, police-community relationship is harmonious.”

Yangshuo police A poster for the police for in Yangshuo, China, advertising community relations. Photo: Mark Hanrahan